Getting On With Delivering Western Sydney's $3.5 Billion Roads Package

Media Release

JB032/2014

01 May 2014

Joint release with:

Duncan Gay

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight

The Australian and NSW Governments are getting on with the job of delivering our shared $3.5 billion roads package for Western Sydney with Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay meeting today.

Following their meeting Mr Briggs and Mr Gay toured local roads in the Macarthur region this morning with local MPs Russell Matheson, Bryan Doyle, Chris Patterson and Jai Rowell.

Mr Briggs and Mr Gay have responsibility to implement the infrastructure plan, prioritise funding of projects and consider future projects to be funded at later stages of the programme.

Mr Briggs said the Australian and NSW Governments are serious about building these vital economic road projects as quickly as possible to get Western Sydney moving, which is why construction work is being fast-tracked to commence this year.

“The Australian Government's investment in Western Sydney's future is a key pillar of our broader Economic Action Strategy and builds on significant commitments we've already made including $1.5 billion towards building WestConnex, $405 million towards NorthConnex and developing the Moorebank intermodal terminal”.

“These commitments coupled with our responsible management of the budget will not only ensure Western Sydney gets the fair go it deserves, but it continues to grow into one of the economic powerhouses of Australia,” Mr Briggs said.

Minister Gay said the NSW Government has wasted no time proceeding with these vital projects and will continue to progress key works, including:-

  • Calling tenders mid year for the 5.5 kilometre Stage 1 of the Bringelly Road upgrade between Camden Valley Way and King Street with construction to commence next financial year and be completed around the end of 2017.
  • Announcing later this month the detailed design contract for the 4.5 kilometre Stage 2 upgrade of Bringelly Road between King Street and The Northern Road with construction to be completed during the 2018-19 financial year.
  • Planning to begin later this year for the $1.25 billion Airport Motorway between the M7 and The Northern Road.
  • Detailed design work is already underway for the first stage of $1.6 billion upgrade of The Northern Road between Camden Valley Way and Peter Brock Drive.

“These projects are additional to more than $600 million from the NSW Government for Western Sydney road upgrades underway or in planning, including: Camden Valley Way,  Richmond Road, Schofields Road, Great Western Highway, Bells Line of Road, Old Wallgrove Road,  Memorial Avenue, The Northern Road, Narellan Road, Prospect Highway and the M4 Motorway.

“I am also hugely proud of our $246 million pinch points program which has seen another six projects built in Western Sydney this financial year at Rhodes, Merrylands, Granville, Bankstown and Smithfield. Further projects in Leonay and Clyde are also under way,” Mr Gay said.